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mylifeinsound chats xx: Elephant Stone Interview

20 Sep

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Elephant Stone, one of my favorite psych rock bands from Canada came to Philly to play Kung Fu Necktie. After playing a killer show, I got to chat with Rishi Dhir about their new self-titled record, playing sitar for Beck, and what music they are listening to right now. They are currently touring Europe with The Black Angels, so make sure you see them live by checking out their tour dates here!

xx Cher

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lovelovelove: Firefly Music Festival Day 2

21 Jul

It’s Firefly Music Festival day two and I cannot wait to see Ra Ra Riot, Imagine Dragons, Polica, Grouplove, Graffiti6, Cake, Modest Mouse, Yeasayer, and of course The Killers!!! Today I will be mix and matching with a tie dye top in honor of Graffiti6’s rad album Colours out now!! I will be interviewing Jamie from the band today and I am so stoked to hear what the band has in store for the rest of the year. Check out what I am wearing and some tracks I am excited to hear live and remember to follow me on @Mylifeinsound twitter and CherylDunnisFun on Instagram for photo updates throughout the weekend!













Enjoy the festival if you are here! Stay safe, dance, have fun, and take care of each other!
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Philly shows NOT to be missed xx: Beat Connection, Teen Daze, and White Arrows at Kung Fu Necktie // Tanlines at Making Time TONIGHT!!!

3 Jul

God Bless America!!! Beat Connection is in Philly tonight at Kung Fu Necktie, and I couldn’t be more excited to see/hear them perform songs off their gorgeous follow up to Surf Noir called The Palace Garden out now! Beat Connection are a dreamy bunch of boys that make beautiful, fun, dance music perfect for your summer and life soundtrack. Started by Jordan Koplowitz and Reed Juenger in 2008, the boys brought in more members to really see this project through. When they played Philly at First Unitarian Church, they had added drummer Jarred Katz who brought an incredible energy and sound to the live show. At SXSW this March, I got to see them with their final full band which includes vocalist/guitarist Tom Eddy. I had the incredible opportunity of interview these hilarious and rad dudes, and can’t wait to be reunited with them tonight at Kung Fu Necktie. The show starts at 9pm tonight and you can buy tickets for only $10 here.







Make sure you get there right at 9PM to see the stellar opening bands White Arrows and Teen Daze!

Vancouver electronic dream TeenDaze has a brilliant debut album All Of Us, Together and it’s out now so make sure you get your copy if you don’t have it already.


Los Angeles foxes White Arrows also have an epic debut album out now for your absolute listening pleasure. Dry Land Is Not A Myth dropped on June 19th through Votiv. Another incredible album to dance the night away to, including two of my favorite tracks “Get Gone” and “Roll Forever”.





Needless to say, tonight is going to be an absolutely epic and dreamy dance party at KFN due to all parties involved. I CAN’T WAIT.



After the show I am heading over to Bamboo Bar to catch TANLINES at Making Time’s You’re Welcome America RAD-BQ!!!! That’s right!! To ring in the 4th of July Tanlines are playing tonight in Philly at Bamboo Bar at 11pm. I already told you how obsessed I am with Tanlines new record Mixed Emotions which is out now, and now is our chance to see those songs performed live and dance away into the early morning hours of everyone’s (at least America’s and my) favorite holiday! You can get advance tickets here for $10 or get your tickets at the door for $15! Check out the Facebook event for more info on the RAD-BQ and specials, and I will see you on the dance floor tonight!!






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gig photos xx: Other Lives at Kung Fu Necktie in Philly, February 18th, 2012!!

27 Feb

Two Saturdays ago I had the opportunity to see one of my favorite bands live again at Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia. Other Lives played an incredible show to a sold out audience. It’s easy to see why, because they are an amazing band to see live. When writing their second album Tamer Animals, members of the band learned new instruments to fit with the sound of the song they wanted to write, instead of writing a song based on the instruments they already play. Not only does this make for a gorgeous, rich sounding record, but a stunning live show as well. Watching an Other Lives show is an entrancing experience. Since they each play so many instruments, it was great to see them fit them all on stage let alone play one, put it down, pick up another, then harmonize vocals, then pick up a new instrument. I was also glad to see the show sold out, I am definitely someone who loves seeing bands I adore get the credit they deserve and with a crowd of dancing, singing along, ecstatic Philly fans (and some out-of-towners), I couldn’t stop smiling. Also, to know that today they are starting their tour with one of my favorite bands of all time, Radiohead, makes my heart even happier. What I would give to see them play together! Make sure you check out Other Lives on tour, and at Coachella or Bonnaroo if you are going to either festival. Click the photo above to visit our gig photos page and see more photos from the show. Check out tour dates with Radiohead, my interview with lead singer Jesse Tabish from their show at KFN last June, and stream the full album Tamer Animals below:

Tour:
02.27.12 – American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL ^
02.29.12 – St. Pete Times Forum – Tampa, FL ^
03.01.12 – Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA ^
03.03.12 – Toyota Center – Houston, TX ^
03.05.12 – American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX ^
03.07.12 – Frank Erwin Center – Austin, TX ^
03.09.12 – Scottrade Center – St. Louis, MO ^
03.11.12 – Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO ^
03.13.12 – 1st Bank Center – Broomfield, CO ^
03.15.12 – Jobing.com Arena – Glendale, AZ ^
^ w/ Radiohead

Stream the entire Other Lives album Tamer Animals out now:


An interview with Jesse Tabish from their show in June at KFN in Philly:

CD:How did you all meet and how did the band form?

JT: We had known each other from high school but we never really hung out or anything, but we started right after high school so it’s been about 8 years and we started an instrumental project. Then that formed into a band called Kunek which then that formed into Other Lives, and this is our second record as Other Lives.

CD: I know for this new record, the band decided to not use the same instruments, but to learn new ones; what led you to that “a-ha” moment that you didn’t have to use the same instruments you were used to playing to make the new record?

JT: Yeah, you would think that would be a no-brainer! We’ve always had classical ambitions but when we initially started out as a six-piece band and we weren’t really familiar with recording yet.. and so over the years the idea grew stronger: being a recording project rather than a band, or the two being equal. So, our first record as Other Lives we did it in a proper studio, after that we decided next time we are doing it our way and the kind of music that I had been hearing was very dimensional and layered, that kind of music taking a lot of time was a nice pair with us recording it by ourselves.

CD: How was that recording experience, was it something you will do again?

JT: Yeah, because you work on things until it’s right, and those things take a lot of time but you get it until you are pleased with it. You know? It’s kind of simple. John that is in the band is really great at recording and engineering and editing, he had that on the other end where he was doing a lot of that, so that was really helpful.

CD: Who in the group learned new instruments to record this record?

JT: I am the lazy one of the group, John and everyone else has. I write a lot and I’m really not that good so they do all the heavy lifting.

CD: How was opening for The Decemberists did that help your fanbase?

JT: I think so, yeah. You know you don’t know until you hit that city again, and so when we hit those cities for the second time by ourselves or with somebody else, people will be like “Oh we saw you with The Decemberists,” you get that… it definitely helps. And it’s a great experience playing in front of like 3,000 fans, well not fans of ours but still- it’s great.

CD: What are your favorite tour activities?

JT: Besides sleeping when I can…I write on the road in the van so that is my very favorite thing to do. I get some nice reading in, and then breakfast is a big highlight, it’s the start you know so I always look for a good breakfast joint. So breakfast, writing and reading.

CD: When do you have to leave the city after the show, is there every any time to explore?

JT: Sometimes the night of, there is not a whole lot of hanging out. You go to the hotel, then you pack and load.

CD: What is your favorite city to go to on tour?

JT: Besides Philly, tonight was fantastic! I always love playing in LA we have a lot of friends and our label is there, that’s always great. Recently actually we have been playing shows in our studio, our recording studio, so it’s been really fun. My mom and dad are there, my grandma..

CD: Is that in Oklahoma?

JT: Yeah, it’s in Oklahoma so it’s fits like 100 people really tight but it’s great, and you get like an 8 hour soundcheck if you want.

CD: What are your favorite songs off your new record Tamer Animals?

JT: I’ll pick 3.. I like Dark Horse, Woodwind and Landforms, they are closest to the ideal that we set out to do.

CD: How are the summer festivals treating you? You just played Sasquatch…

JT: We just did Sasquatch and that was great! It was a really good lineup, a lot of great bands. It’s a really good time to check out other bands. I saw a little bit of Beach House and I loved that.

CD: You said in this album, it’s less political and instead it’s more about observation, but what are you paying attention to currently in the news?

JT: You know, I as a real leftist, I really struggle, and I’ve struggled more in the last 8 years. It’s been.. I go back and forth between how I feel. I voted for Obama and was so pleased, and under the current political climate I feel like hes a real pragmatist I mean they are all capitalists whether its Obama or bush, You know I think I will vote for him again. But as a lot of progressives there is frustration with gay rights. We are going to look back in 50 years and be really ashamed that two people of the same sex can’t get married it’s a real shame. I think we all want to see those things get implemented in. At the same time Obama’s doing everything he can in that current political climate I just hate that climate. I hate that we are still having debates over global warming. So recently I kind of shut out of the news because it is all talking points and it’s all..I don’t want to hear about Sarah Palin and what she has to do… and nobody’s getting to the root of problems… So not to be a downer, but I would like to see more debate. I think a lot of people would. But the right is so loud, and their media is so loud, that progressives here are always on the defense and trying to block out the noise. Because the first record was more politically driven and I’ve kind of given up on that and just if people can look at their surroundings and nature and their relationship with it, I don’t want to say anything other than maybe just observe what is now whether that be politically or environmentally or just- us.

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obsessed xx: mylifeinsound + Volcom Girls exclusive interview with Little Comets!

13 Dec

Check out my exclusive interview with one of my favorite bands, Little Comets on the Volcomunity blog!

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mylifeinsound acoustic around town xx: Former Belle at Milkcrate Cafe in Philadelphia!!

13 Dec

Before their incredible gig at North Star Bar in Philadelphia supporting Owen, we met up with the boys from Former Belle at my favorite cafe/record store Milkcrate Cafe to see what they were up to and record a very personal and gorgeous acoustic session.


Thank you so much to one of my best friends/video connoisseur Kristina Astad for making this video one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen! Kristina and I are making this a regular feature. We want to take musicians to their favorite spots in Philly (or ours!), learn more about them and hear one of their songs acoustic. Can’t wait to wreak more havoc with her this weekend and film it all! To hear more music from Former Belle go here!

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lovelovelove / mylifeinsound+Volcomunity xx: favorite interviews of 2011: Braids, Disappears, and The Wombats

7 Dec

Check out my new post for Volcomunity!!

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